Our Program

Building Trades Recovery Week begins with an Opening Ceremony in Boston, MA at the Local 7 Iron Workers Headquarters. The week continues with virtual programming on April 26, 27 and 28 and concludes with a national Job Site Stand Down in select locations across the country.

Day 1 | Monday, April 25, 2022

Welcome to Recovery Week

Opening Ceremony | In-Person

Local 7 Iron Workers, 195 Old Colony Avenue, Boston, MA 02127

3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

BTEA Northeast’s Second Annual Building Trades National Recovery Week Opening Ceremony will launch the construction industry’s weeklong substance use disorder awareness campaign, bringing the union workforce under one roof to hear from special guest speakers sharing personal stories about the impacts of addiction. Buffet dinner starts the conversation that includes several key notes.

Welcome Remarks

Thomas S. Gunning
Executive Director
BTEA Northeast

Speakers

Frank Callahan

President

Massachusetts Building Trades Council

Chris Herren

Former NBA Basketball Player and Founder

The Herren Project

Day 2 | Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Your Recovery Action Plan

These interactive, exploratory sessions are designed to help labor and management identify the signs of substance use disorder and navigate solutions to respond, intervene and how to ask for help.


SESSION 1: WHY DO I FEEL THIS WAY?

Virtual | 10:00 a.m. EST | Live Q&A | On Demand

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

When we’re struggling with emotional and behavioral issues like addiction and mental illness, sometimes the hardest thing to try and understand is why. Why do you lean on certain substances?  Why can it be impossible to stop? This session explores the anatomy of addiction.

Presenter

Dr. Gregory Acampora

Psychiatrist, Massachusetts General Hospital

SESSION 2: SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

How can companies address substance misuse and mental health in their workforce? Presented by Washington University’s School of Medicine, Professor Dr. Ann Marie Dale provides an overview of the University’s most recent research project of substance use disorder in construction. Through the project research findings, the project research team identified several procedures that companies can integrate into their safety plans. 

Presenter

Dr. Ann Marie Dale, PhD, OTR/L

Professor of Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine

Day 3 | Wednesday April 27, 2022

RECOVERY STORIES & SOLUTIONS
SESSION 3: STRATEGIES TO PROTECT YOUR WORKFORCE: ADDRESS S.U.D. & MENTAL HEALTH
9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Creating a safe, drug-free jobsite is essential to protect your greatest asset: your workforce. During this panel discussion, CDC and OSHA discuss effective approaches to educate your workforce on substance use disorder, cultivate a recovery friendly workspace and integrate new practices to address worker mental health and wellbeing.

Presenters

Timothy S. Irving

Deputy Director, OSHA Directorate of Construction


Douglas Trout, MD, MHS

Deputy Director, NIOSH Office of Construction Safety and Health

SESSION 4 : SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER: WHAT EMPLOYERS NEED TO KNOW & HOW TO RESPOND

11:00 a.m.  – 11:45 a.m.

What is substance use disorder (SUD)? How should you respond when SUD presents itself on the job? Key thought leaders in mental health, legal and the construction industry discuss tools and strategies to manage this workplace crisis, recognize warning signs and how to refer those in need of help to the right resources.

Moderator

Miranda Jones

Partner, O’Reilly, Grosso, Gross & Jones, P.C.

Panelists

Jamie Evans

Senior Director, Environment & Safety, Turner Construction


Marc Lyle

Recovery Specialist, Massachusetts Laborers Benefit Fund


Zach McCann

Operations Office, Boss Steel, Inc.


Jeff Smith

Carpenters Assistance Program

PERSONAL JOURNEYS: STORIES FROM THE FIELD

ON-DEMAND: Kick Start Training

Get your company up to speed! Kick start your training to implement best practices for identifying and managing SUD in your company. These quick, 20-minute trainings are available on-demand and are accessible to all.

  1. NARCAN TRAINING
    Presented by Boston Public Health Commission
  2. EIGHT SOLUTIONS: STOPPING THE PROBLEM BEFORE IT STARTS
    Presented by Cal Beyer
  3. REASONABLE SUSPICION: A QUICK TUTORIAL
    Presented by MAP

DAY 4: THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2022

A BRIDGE TO SAFEBUILD

In conjunction with Building Trades Employers Association of New York (BTEA New York)’s 2022 SAFEBUILD, a national industry safety forum, BTEA Northeast is partnering with BTEA New York to collaborate on strategies to build safer, better and smarter together.

 

SESSION 5: BEST PRACTICES TO HANDLE WORKER IMPAIRMENT 

12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.

A multi-regional collaboration to approach worker impairment on the job. The building trades industry faces unique challenges with the legalization of marijuana as well as the accessibility of other substances that affect worker impairment, citing major safety concerns and increased risk of accidents and injuries. How can contractors effectively approach impaired workers on the job, whether impairment is caused by marijuana, alcohol and/or other drugs? This session sheds light on how to keep your jobsites safe and drug-free.

Moderator

Aislinn McGuire

Executive Director, Contractors Association of Greater New York

Panelists

David Argus

Director of Operations, Contract Division, Karas & Karas Glass Company Inc.

 

Thomas S. Gunning

Executive Director, BTEA Northeast

 

Lauren Rayner Davis

Associate, Labor and Employment Practice, Peckar & Abramson P.C.

 

Chris Scheiblein

Substance Abuse & Behavioral Health Counselor, IBEW Local 98

DAY 5: FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2022 | NATIONAL JOBSITE STAND DOWN

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. | Location: 75 World Trade Center Avenue

Honoring the lives lost in the building trades industry due to SUD, BTEA Northeast’s National Stand Down will conclude Recovery Week with a 150-second job site stand down. Every year, 150 workers out of every 100,000 lose their life to SUD – this stand down marks the 150 occupational deaths due to overdoses. Pledge your support for the largest stand down event to raise awareness of the growing opioid crisis impacting the industry.

 

On Demand

On-Demand Session Suicide Prevention
On-Demand Session First Dose Prevention